Walhalla Civic Auditorium 2016-17 Season

The Civic Auditorium strives to provide a world-class facility for performances, conferences and special events in order to enhance the cultural and social life of Upstate South Carolina. A wide variety of performances ranging from Doc Watson to Glen Miller have graced our stage. Our performance season runs from July through June each year. The WCA produces events of all types including national bands in all musical genres, theatrical plays, community events and local band concerts.

Walhalla Civic Auditorium
Bill Chiusano, Executive Director & Jimmy O. Burdette Resident Director
101 E.N. Broad Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
(864) 638-5277
www.walhallacivic.com

 


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Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
June 17-19 & 24-26, 2016
Evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel is the uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they shot an angel. As they lament their fates in the murky swamp, they are chased by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer, who don’t believe any of it-until feathers, wings and a tiara are discovered along the way. The play hysterically interweaves a love story sibling rivalry, tawdry media, race relations and the cultural stereotypes as the chase to find the angel builds to a crescendo in the swamp. Ultimately a sweet allegory about redemption, DHSA has been halted by audiences as a rare comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt lesson.


On Golden Pond (play)
August 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28
Evenings 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm
Advance tickets $14, children $6. Group $12
Day of Show $16

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

James & The Giant Peach, Jr.

November 18, 19 & 20, 2016         Children’s Play TBD          Tickets $5, Bring the whole family for $15


laura-ingalls-christmas1Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Walhalla Civic Auditorium
December 9-18, 2016

LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC WILL PRECEDE EACH SHOW!
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18
Evenings 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm
Advance tickets $14, children $6. Group $12
Day of Show $16

In their poorest winter ever, when the crops have been devastated by locusts and the family must deal with the death of baby Freddie, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel. And if things weren’t bad enough, Ma tells Laura she must be nice to Johnny Steadman, “the worst boy in Iowa.” When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura as her own daughter to ease the burden of so many children, Laura is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie? This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs, humor and depth of character, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 101 E.N. Broad St. in Walhalla. Box Office: (864) 638-5277 or http://www.walhallacivic.com.


foxfire-2017-2FoxFire (play-drama)
January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017
Evenings 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm
Advanced tickets $14, children $7, group $12
Day of Show $16
Annie Nations, an indomitable Appalachian widow of 79, lives on her mountain farm with the acerbic ghost of her husband Hector. Her tranquility is threatened by a brash real estate developer who wants to turn her land into a vacation resort and by concern over her son Dillard, a country singer who has come home with two stranded children because his wife has run away. Annie’s battle to decide her future takes her through some funny, touching and magical flashbacks to her life with Hector. Played on Broadway by Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, this couple offers a staunchly affirmative tribute to country folk.


Feb 24, 25 & 26         Children’s play TBD          Tickets $5, Bring the whole family for $15


first-baptist-of-ivy-gapFirst Baptist of Ivy Gap      (play-poignant comedy)
June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2017
Evenings 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm
Advanced tickets $14, children $7, group $12
Day of Show $16

During WWII, six women gather at the church to roll bandages and plan the church’s 75th anniversary. Overseeing things is Edith, the pastor’s wise-cracking wife who dispenses Red Cross smocks and witty repartee to Luby, whose son is fighting in the Pacific; Mae Ellen, the church’s rebellious organist who wants to quit but hasn’t the courage; Olene, who dreams of a career in Hollywood; Sammy, a shy newcomer with a secret; and Vera, an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. When Luby learns her son has been wounded, she confounds the others by blaming the vulnerable Sammy.Twenty-five years later, our “First Baptist Six” reunite. Back to reconcile with Luby – whose son died of his wounds – is Sammy, whose own son is now in Vietnam; and Olene, whose flashy show business career will set the town on its ear. There to welcome them are Vera, her secret still safe; Mae Ellen, still rebellious and still looking for an escape; and Edith, whose biggest challenge isn’t the church’s upcoming centennial but revelations that shake relationships formed over a quarter of a century. With humor and pathos, these six very different women find comfort, forgiveness and redemption in each other.


ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN
(Storyteller, comedian)
Saturday, July 16 @ 7:30 pm

Advanced tickets $12, children $6, group $10

Day of Show $14
Andy returns to the WCA stage. With his silly putty voice, hilarious heartfelt songs, astounding narratives, and astonishing mouth noises, have made him one of the most adored touring storytellers/comedians in the United States. An award-winning artist and educator, Irwin has appeared at venues such as the Library of Congress, National Storytelling Festival, and Walt Disney World. Three of his CD’s have won Storytelling World awards. A fun night for the entire family.www.andyirwin.com.
TO ORDER TICKETS PLEASE CALL 864 638-5277 OR ONLINEWWW.WALHALLACIVIC.COM
Sponsored by The City of Walhalla and YoGo

 

 

 

Songs of the Southern Appalachians
Featuring The Phil Cheney Minstrels

Saturday, August 13 @ 7:30 pm
Advance tickets $12, children $6. Group $10
Day of Show $14.
“The program will include a combination of English folk songs and ballads collected by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians Mountains during the years 1916 to 1918, Jack Tales, songs and stories about moonshiners, with an account of the career of bootlegger Major Lewis Redmond, who made legal whiskey in Oconee County for Biemann’s Distillery after he got out of the Federal penitentiary. We will also feature love songs such as “Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair” and the cautionary “Come all you fair and tender ladies.” The story of Tom Dula and the murder ballad written about his crime and punishment will also be featured. Some religious songs, such as Poor Wayfaring Stranger, will be on the program and the popularity of shape-note singing and singing schools will be discussed and examples of hymns will be sung.”
TO ORDER TICKETS PLEASE CALL 864 638-5277 OR ONLINEWWW.WALHALLACIVIC.COM

 

American Pride -Statler Brothers Tribute
Saturday, September 24 @ 7:30 pm
Advanced tickets $30, children $15, group $25
Day of show $35

Relive the Statler Brothers!! American Pride has brought back the songs, the memories, and the authentic sounds of the most award winning act in Country Music history, that came to be known as the legendary Statler Brothers.www.americanpridecountry.com.
To order tickets call 864 638-5277 or online www.walhallacivic.com.
Tickets are also available at The Wine Emporium in Salem/Keowee, H&R Block-Dogwood Plaza & Westminster locations and

Community First Bank in Walhalla and the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce.